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Sometimes I Do Get Lucky   2 comments

Hi, Gang.

I had to let this set for a while, but if you read my last post you know that author Robert Lewis just had a contest where he graciously gave away three signed copies of his first novel: Untold Damage. (Please click the link and check out Amazon’s infamous look inside sneak peak and check it out for yourselves.)

Or, if you prefer Barns&Noble, Untold Damage is listed there as well… don’t know if they have a look inside feature, but there is an editorial review.

Now the reason I had to let this post sit before writing it was: I am one of the lucky three winners, along with Angie Sandro and Cheryl Dale. (Hey. You know damn well I was going to enter that contest, Jack. I was just nice enough to let the rest of you in on it.)

Needless to say, when Robert contacted me to request my physical address, I did a happy, happy, joy, joy dance that would have made Ren and Stimpy turn green with envy. I rarely win anything, and was so excited with the news that―had I posted then―I would have made Sally Fields, and Tom Cruise look like poster children for Thorazine.

I also didn’t want this to sound like I’m bragging. I am. But I don’t want to sound like I am. Which, naturally, means I’m failing miserably at the task.

Now on to the real reason for this post―if you’re still with me.

I haven’t been posting much. Mostly because I tend to get lost in working on my stories, and lose all sense of time. When I finally do realize that a week, or two, has slipped past me, I have critique partners waiting to find out what I thought about their own stories. And critiques are something we should not rush through, as thoughtfulness and honesty are required.

But this little stroke of luck finally kick started my poor abused brain. Why waste time letting the blog sit idle for weeks on end?

Since I did enjoy Robert’s sneak peek and planned on purchasing a copy anyway, (I still plan on it.), why not try my hand at writing a review?

If this works out well, I could write reviews for other published authors I know. Both traditional and self-published.

Since getting exposure is one of the hardest things for a newly minted author to do. Maybe, just maybe, I can help a fellow writer out a bit. Every drop in the bucket brings it closer to full.

Not certain how big a drop I can provide, but I’ll give ‘er one hell of a run.

Now, rest assured; I’m not about to do rainbow clouds and candy land reviews. If something strikes me as off―I’ll say so. If something hits the right spot and makes my hind leg shake like a dog getting its belly scratched―I’ll say so. If something strikes me as mediocre―same answer.

However, keep in mind that those are all just my personal tastes, just like any other reviewer. And one-size-fits-all is one of the top ten lies ever perpetrated on human civilization.

I’m not even sure I this will increase the number of times I post by much, but it could add a little more cannon fodder.
The point is that the author will get another bump of web exposure.

Hopefully, I can do this well.

Later, Gang. free smileys